What did the US Preventive Services Task Force recommend in 2009?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
On November 16, 2009, The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued a recommendation that confirmed the benefits of screening mammography for women, however, they made some changes to the way in which we use it across the general population. They shifted the recommended age that women without a family (genetic) predisposition for cancer should have their initial mammogram to age 50, in contrast to a previous recommendation of age 40. Furthermore, they stated that healthy women between 50 and 74 should have mammograms less frequently than previously advised: every two years instead of annually.

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